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Sombat to face two charges in military court

WELL-KNOWN anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngam-anong will go in front of a military court to face charges of inciting unrest on the Internet and failing to report to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) after being summoned.

Pol Maj-General Phisit Pao-in, adviser to the Information and Communi-cations Technology Ministry, said the military court had given its approval for an arrest warrant to be issued against red-shirt supporter Sombat, who was captured on June 5 in a raid in Chon Buri province. Sombat, said Phisit, will stand trial on two charges.

Facing interrogation

Sombat was transferred to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon, where computer crime charges were filed against him. He will then face another charge for failing to report after being summoned by the junta and will be interrogated and then detained by order of the military court. Sombat's lawyer, Anon Nampha, arrived at the TCSD yesterday to seek bail for his client.

Meanwhile, fugitive red-shirt leader Jakraphob Penkae Jakrapob Penkair said he would announce the establishment of an anti-coup movement in exile in the next few days. An overseas anti-coup movement has already been set up and will become officially active in the next few days, pro-red shirt activist Jakrapob Penkair said yesterday on his Facebook page.

He said the movement would be inaugurated on an auspicious date, and that the international community as well as agencies whose names he insisted would remain confidential had been supportive of the anti-coup sentiment.


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